At MedAesthetics we treat/remove a wide variety of growths and spots that are of cosmetic concern. Different treatment methods are used depending on the type of lesion and its location. We current offer Levulan full field Photodynamic Therapy, ALA5 spot treatment Photodynamic Therapy, Erbium laser ablation, cryotherapy, non-ablative laser (pro yellow) or radio-frequency ablation.
LENTIGOS are benign, brown or tan colored spots that occur mainly in sun exposed areas. With time they become larger, darker and often will develop a scaly rough surface. These lesions are easily treated with either liquid nitrogen or lasers and generally leave an excellent cosmetic result.
SEBORRHEIC KERATOSES (SK) are benign, warty growths that are either grey or brown/tan in color and have a “stuck on” appearance. They get larger and stick out more with time. They are not related to sun exposure and can occur anywhere on the body. Some people can develop dozens of these lesions as they age. We treat these lesions very successfully with liquid nitrogen or erbium laser ablation. The larger and thicker these lesions become, the more difficult they are to remove and therefore early treatment is recommended.
PAPILLOMAS [SKIN TAGS] are soft brown growths, often with a narrow stalk, that usually occur on the eyelids, neck, underarms, under the breasts and in the groin. They become larger with time. Some people will develop multiple lesions, and there is often a family history of these lesions. We remove these spots by either Erbium laser ablation, radio-frequency ablation / excision, cryotherapy or pro yellow laser. They generally heal, leaving an excellent result. Several can be removed in a session.
CHERRY HEMANGIOMAS are dome-shaped bright red spots that can occur anywhere on the skin surface. They may be single or multiple. In some instances patients can develop hundreds of these lesions. There is sometimes a family history of similar spots. They become larger and darker red in color with time. If treated early, when they are small and bright red, they can be removed completely with laser treatment without scars. The cosmetic results tend to be excellent. Multiple spots can be treated in a session. We use the Pro Yellow vascular laser for this procedure.
SPIDER TELANGIECTASIAS (burst blood vessesl) are small benign vascular lesions that disappear when pressure is applied. They often have a central, slightly raised round area with thin red lines radiating from it (like a spider!). Although usually of cosmetic importance, rarely if multiple, spider telangiectasias can be a sign of systemic disorders such as liver disease. Once it is determined that the lesions are of cosmetic importance only, we treat them with lasers includeing Pro Yellow and BBL Photorejuvenation and, in the vast majority of cases, achieve excellent results in 1 or 2 treatments.
NAEVI [MOLES] are common growths that start off as flat, pigmented spots. With time they generally become elevated and dome shaped and eventually become fleshy and less pigmented. Non-cancerous moles tend to be of even color and regular outline whereas cancerous moles [melanoma] tend to display irregular colour and irregular outline. Correct diagnosis is essential prior to treatment. Naevi which are of cosmetic importance are removed by Erbium laser ablation or cryotherapy. The preferred method depends on various factors including, the size, location and color of the spot. Removal of moles may leave a scar but this is generally not very noticeable.
Before removing a mole, we attempt, as much as is possible, to explain to the patient what cosmetic result can be expected.
Actinic Keratosis (AK), also known as a solar keratosis, is a crusty, scaly growth caused by damage from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. You’ll often see the plural, “keratoses,” because there is seldom just one. AK is considered a pre-cancer because if left alone, it could develop into a skin cancer, most often the second most common form of the disease, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The most common type of precancerous skin lesion, AKs appear on skin that has been frequently exposed to the sun or to artificial sources of UV light, such as tanning machines. Above all, they appear on sun-exposed areas such as the face, scalp, ears, shoulders, neck and the back of the hands and forearms. They can also appear on the shins and other parts of the legs. They are often elevated, rough in texture and resemble warts. Most become red, but some are light or dark tan, white, pink and/or flesh-toned. They can also be a combination of these colors. In the beginning, AKs are frequently so small that they are recognized by touch rather than sight. They feel as if you were running a finger over sandpaper. Patients may have many times more invisible (subclinical) lesions than those appearing on the surface. Most often, actinic keratoses develop slowly and reach a size from an eighth to a quarter of an inch. Early on, they may disappear only to reappear later. Occasionally they itch or produce a pricking or tender sensation. They can also become inflamed and surrounded by redness. In rare instances. Actinic Keratosis lesions can be sucessfully treated with Levulan PDT, ALA-5 PDT, or cryotherapy. Drug plans generally cover the cost of the medication portion of the treatment.
Treatment of skin lesions can range from $50 – $400+ depending on the type, size, number and method of removal.